EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – An amazing season closes in Houston
SUMMARY: Jazz represent themselves as they have all season but fall in 5 to Rockets as season comes to an end
- Quite honestly my noggin is pretty emptying. Very grateful for an amazing season, very sad that it is over and sad that no team every returns as it was so I know this is a place and time that will not be recreated.
- The Jazz really battled tonight. Early in the game, it felt like their extra energy was working against them. They were dropping passes, they were fumbling dribbles and missing layups. But that same energy kept them in the game.
- On multiple occasions it felt like the Jazz were about to get blown out and instead by the beginning of the 4th quarter they had the lead.
- Then Chris Paul had the best quarter of his storied career. He scored 20 points for the first time his career in a quarter. He surpassed his personal playoff career high and he simply willed the Rockets to a win. This showed the value of a star.
- The exciting thing for the Jazz is they have a star and he showed it in the third quarter. Donovan Mitchell for the 2nd time in the playoffs scored 22 points in a quarter. He created 29 points in the quarter and he willed the Jazz to a 4th quarter lead. It was sensational. It was another in a litany of examples of his incredible ability to learn. He had struggled in the series and yet as the series continued he learned more and more and figured out how he could score and where he could score. It is nearly unheard of for a rookie to take over a game like this.
- Mitchell is completely fearless. There is no moment he thinks is too big or no task that he thinks is too large. He is a remarkable kid. I described him to Kevin Harlan of TNT as the child we are all trying to raise. Off the court he is that good. On the floor he wows us every night.
- He has really struggled with the off the bounce three. When he brings that up to 35% he will be a 30 point a night NBA scorer and simply a unguardable player. If you go under the screen he will be able pull back and hit. If you trail he will drive with the ability to get under, by or around the big. If you blitz it he will either dribble thru it or make the right play. It is going to be awesome to watch him evolve. The off the bounce three is the thing I will be watching most closely at the start of next season. It is a shot you don’t practice until you have spent a year in the league and it is a shot you can’t practice well in the middle of a grueling NBA season.
- James Harden got blocked by Rudy Gobert early in the game and was never right after that. He had a miserable night and if it weren’t for his new Robin to his Batman the talk would all be about James Harden and his inability to come thru in the playoffs.
- Royce O’Neale started the summer looking for a team to play on bouncing from one summer league team to the next going to free agent camps. He ended the year guarding the prospective MVP in James Harden and doing an incredible job. What a great year for Royce and incredible development of his game.
- The Jazz really missed Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum tonight.
- The magic number all series was 14 threes. Keep the Rockets under 14 and try to get over 14. Jazz had 10 Rockets had 18. Chris Paul had 8
- PJ Tucker was the wild card going 5 for 7 from three and 7 for 9 on the game for a playoff high of 19.
- Alec Burks left a nice mark on the game with 22 points and 5 assists. Really cool that he could have this game to wrap up a frustrating season.
- Jae Crowder couldn’t find his shooting stroke in the playoffs as he was 2 for 11 and really struggled the final three games of the series.
- A wonderful season comes to an end. Playing into May and building a foundation that should last the test of time. Pretty amazing work from all involved
- Thanks to you for reading this, following the team and the passion you have for the organization
JAZZ GAME REWIND: 2nd Half propels Toronto past the youthful Jazz
The Jazz fell short in the second half as the Toronto defense shut the new-look Jazz down in route to cruising to an 114 – 82 Raptors victory. Lauri Markkanen shined for the Jazz with 20 points and 5 rebounds but the Raptors length and athleticism proved to be too much for the Jazz riding a dominant 3rd quarter to pull away from the Jazz who played well in the first half, only trailing by one.
Relive the game through the radio highlights. Voiced by Leif Thulin.
Utah Jazz trade Rudy Gobert – the emotions, the decision making, what did we get and what now
The Utah Jazz traded Rudy Gobert on Friday after a 4th of July weekend to soak in the biggest news of the NBA trade season we try to digest what it means for the Utah Jazz. David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, take a look at all angles of the Rudy Gobert trade. The emotions of losing one of your own and a beloved player like Rudy Gobert. The player that we knew how great he was and had to argue on his behalf and now someone else gets the pleasure. Locke revisits the decision making tree of the Utah Jazz and how they got to trading Rudy Gobert and why they took this trade rather than other options that may have been on the table for the Utah Jazz. Then Locke looks into what did we really get in this trade and what are the possibilities of benefit for trading one of the great players in franchise history. A look at each of the 5 first round picks and what they could become and the margin starts to expand the farther out you go. Then are the Utah Jazz re-building? Why now would be the question. That is a decision that the Jazz don’t need to make for the some time. Summer league kicks off today and what are the Utah Jazz looking for and who could make an impression. What the Jazz want to see from Jared Butler Locked On Jazz Podcast 💻 https://www.lockedonjazz.net/ 🎧 LockedOnJazz.com https://buff.ly/2FEZTVY 🎧 Apple https://apple.co/3Dc8QBq 🎧 Spotify https://spoti.fi/3IfvgVX 🎧Stitcher https://bit.ly/3pkGyzB 🎧 Google https://bit.ly/3I8TwJz
NBA Free Agency is here for the Utah Jazz
NBA Free Agency is day is here for the Utah Jazz. What can we expect to take place? Will the Utah Jazz make a trade? Is this the day Rudy Gobert or Mike Conley or Donovan Mitchell gets traded? Do the Jazz have a free agency move to be made? David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA insider take a look at all of these questions and gives you the free agency primer. Is the market drying up on the Utah Jazz? The Clippers and Wizards have already made moves and the Atlanta Hawks have used their draft capital. Rumors continue with Rudy Gobert at the forefront and we take a look at what those deals might be for the Utah Jazz and what would have to be included to make a deal happen. Then a look at the Utah Jazz options at the tax payer mid level contractsand what the Jazz current roster looks like and what could take place. Locked On Jazz Podcast 💻 https://www.lockedonjazz.net/ 🎧 LockedOnJazz.com https://buff.ly/2FEZTVY 🎧 Apple https://apple.co/3Dc8QBq 🎧 Spotify https://spoti.fi/3IfvgVX 🎧Stitcher https://bit.ly/3pkGyzB 🎧 Google https://bit.ly/3I8TwJz
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